May 28, 2013

28 Owens Community College Students Graduate During Basic Peace Officer Academy Completion Ceremony

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Twenty-eight Owens Community College students recently were honored for their exemplary academic achievements as new Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy graduates during a Basic Peace Officer Completion Ceremony.

“Owens Community College is proud to continue its collaboration with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission and recognize these 28 individuals for their educational accomplishment,” said Robert Albright, Owens Academic Program Chair of Criminal Justice and Emergency Management.

Founded in 1970, the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is offered in cooperation with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission. As part of the seven-month program, Owens police academy students take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics and criminal investigation using modern, high-tech police equipment. Participants receive expert instruction from local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents.

Following successful completion of the College’s Basic Peace Officer Training Academy, Owens graduates become eligible for certification as an Ohio peace officer. In addition, coursework earned by police academy graduates will apply toward an associate degree at Owens in law enforcement.

Local law enforcement agencies where Owens graduates have been employed include the Findlay Police Department, Fostoria Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lucas County Sheriff’s Department, Maumee Police Department, Northwood Police Department, Perrysburg City Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, Sylvania City Police Department, Sylvania Township Police Department, Toledo Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Owens police academy graduates have completed the required number of law enforcement contact hours set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.

The College’s Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Day Academy graduates are John Barkley of West Orange, N.J., Daniel Black of Bowling Green, Joshua Dix of Woodville, Lonnie Fosnight of Millbury, Matthew Gankosky of Toledo, Justin Halker of Columbus Grove, Cory Henson of Toledo, Justin Lambert of Toledo, Cody Pence of Toledo, Gustaro Perez of Toledo, Nathan Ramsey of Toledo, Jeffrey Russell of Holland, Andrew Sabo of Bowling Green, Daniel Shaferly of Tiffin, Jacob Spettle of Norwalk, Andrew Thomasson of Maumee, Lawrence Vanhooser of Perrysburg and William Watson III of Toledo.

Owens students graduating from the Toledo-area Campus Basic Peace Officer Night Academy include Vincent Cope of Toledo (sponsored by Mercy Health Partners Public Safety Department), Benjamin Cowell of Genoa, Dominic Goodell of Toledo, Shannon Heider of Oregon, Christina Herrera of Northwood, Jack Jacobs of Northwood (sponsored by Woodville Police Department), Maria Martinez of Toledo, Levi Pauli of Ottawa Lake, Mich., Andrew Peterman of Forest and Bryan Smith of Sylvania.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit